Alice in Wonderland at The Powerhouse

Director Penny Farrow brings to life Lewis Carroll’s literary masterpiece, Alice in Wonderland at the Power House with this enchanting and speedy adaptation of a timeless classic.

You’re welcomed into the auditorium by tweeting birds and bold bright lighting. The show’s staging was traditional and simplistic with an artistic and colourful backdrop of Alice and the rabbit to set the scene. Some of the finer details of each scene are left to the viewer’s imagination, but for a captive audience of 5 to 10-year-old’s this is no problem.

Bold and over-sized costumes ensure you know who is who and some clever puppetry allows for a charming portrayal of the rabbit and the dozy dormouse. Despite the occasionally awkward transition in time and place, an enthusiastic cast and some larger than life depictions of the Mad Hatter and His Royal Highness the Queen of Hearts, ensure an easy to follow narrative.

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum are gloriously endearing and create wonderful silliness and mayhem on stage, much to the delight of the younger audience members. Add to that a charming portrayal of Alice our favoured protagonist, and you have a delightful treat to enjoy.

With merchandise on sale in the foyer and a themed colouring book offered upon entry, this is a must for families this winter holidays. It is faithful to the original plot and a manageable 50 minutes where your little one’s imaginations’ can run wild and indulge in some fantastic fantasy story-telling.

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